Monday, June 14, 2021

Oh my it's been a while

 A very long while. Some of you know that I had a heart attack back in 2017. I recovered from open heart surgery  that May and did very well immediately following.

Having said that there was no way I could have known how difficult the next few years would be and how those additional illnesses would take away my ambition, energy and stamina. I must admit until 2018 I really had no real idea what fatigue really was. You must know at this point that I thought I did, having been a legitimate sufferer of insomnia since 1985. After several years of this I had a few realizations....

#1 I could no longer teach. I could lift any weight. I could not maintain speaking for long. I could not remember basic techniques

#2 Somedays I barely had the energy to get up. Needless to say this killed my ambition which was ever present in my life up to this point in my life.

#3 I had to focus on my health.

So that really is it why I have not been around.

Now I would like to try to get back to it just for me....we shall see! No promises

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Pages with Distress Oxides and Crayons

So last week Tim ( sent me a bunch of Distress Oxide pads. I was curious and wondered how they were going to stack up against all the old pads I had loved for like more than 20 years.

Well I was very pleasantly surprised and pleased. The colors are great and the blendabilty was excellent! This is a fusion ink which has properties of dye and pigment. I have always loved that the color line of all Distress products has a good array of neutrals which many stamp pad lines do not have.

When I put the first color down I thought they felt a little dry but I was working on Mixed Media Strathmore paper so any pads would feel dry. I put a couple more colors down and pulled out the awesome Distress Sprayer. I really like this Sprayer!!!!! It's very easy to use and that little on/off button makes it great for travel.

Once I started spraying I could see what the fuss is all about. The colors blended really well and stayed very bright.

Then I pulled out the blenders......
and used one of my favorite stencils from A Colorful Life Designs. ( put MaryJo10 on your order for a discount) WOW, I loved that look!
Dripping was fun too since the color stayed well one on top of the other.

I blotted a bit and the got out the Distress Crayons. I just colored in a bit and rubbed them in.....see more soon I am still playing.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dylusion sprays on tough surface.

On the Secret Blog today Dylusion Spray! Join today only $45 for a lifetime. See the sidebar for details and links.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

This Blog VS the SECRET BLOG

I like to post a little here and a lot more on the SECRET BLOG. Most of what is here is related to events. Ocassionally I do a project. Like today. Here is the only page I will show here from my Forgotten Journal. All the rest are on the SECRET BLOG. Join us..........Here is your bonus of the week though...Go to at the bottom of your order put MaryJo10 and get a surprise discount! This stencil is called BOHO fabric. I am using a pink PITT pen here since Pitt pens are india ink they go over most surfaces.
including old dyes and paint.
Just filling in the stencil with color
at the end of the page I flipped the stencil and created an eye from the design.
More on this particular page soon......Lots more on the secret blog with the other pages.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Winter is here....Classes in town are done for the moment. Join us in the SECRET BLOG for winter fun!

COME on and join us. Loads of fun stuff and lots of info. There are projects and lots of journals, altered books

and more. Its only $45 for a lifetime membership!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Background Crazy for Crayons class Friday Nov 10 2017 LAST CLASS of the season

Friday Nov 10 from 4-7pm I will be doing our last class of the season at 88 Sargent DR Hayden Crossing in Hayden ID. Join me for a fun technique based class for journaling and cardmakers alike. We will be going CRAYON CRAZY with every kind of crayon I can think of to show you. Water soluble or wax based, we will have loads of fun with stencils, layering methods and simple coloring techniques. We will use stamps and collage and so much more. I hope you can join us for this one since I won't be back until the spring!

You can always Join the SECRET BLOG for all this info TOO!  Its only $45 for gobs of info and you get it for a lifetime....ONE price forever!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

New Class on Friday October 27th 2017

Oct 27 Colored Pencil for Christmas 4-7pm $25 at Hayden Crossing 88 Sargent Dr Hayden ID
Join me this coming Friday for a fun, fast paced, Christmas Card class using colored pencils and more. If you have not tried colored pencil before this class will reveal some of the tricks to acheiving brilliant color and simple shading and if you have tried colored pencil and find it to slow then this class is for you!
Send me a message here or on facebook if you are coming